Saturday, May 9, 2015

NOT FOR YOU! You have been voted to pay for it…

We need your help!

A couple weeks ago I put a message out to this group of 550 people that we really need help from the members and need you to show up at a city council meeting in support of us attempting to persuade the city council to not give themselves and the city employees another 4 million dollar raise by increasing taxes on the citizens.

Guess how many people showed up at the meeting? Out of 550 people that were asked for help…. 3 showed. Me and Roger who were asking and our buddy and former REI CEO Dan Cullather. THAT’S IT!

This will be the final meeting. The city council has increased the size of government in almost every area and they are giving themselves another huge raise. They just finished giving every single city employee a big raise. Now another. In a time where regular people aren’t getting raises. They are lucky if they even have a job. I don’t see this unlimited amount of wealth out there that the City Council can tap into whenever they want.

At the last meeting, the city council was under the impression that us 3 guys that keep complaining about everything aren’t an adequate representation of what the citizens want. There were several plants that they had there that were literally begging for higher taxes because they love this city and what they have done for it. 2 of them were begging to put all of the tax burden on small business. The council decided that there are more people that want taxes higher than want them to remain the same or drop.

It sure would be nice to be able to speak to the council and look into the crowd and ask how many people agree with what we’re saying. And a wave of people all stand up.

You don’t even have to talk. I understand that most people don’t like talking in front of groups of people. Or talking while they are currently being broadcast to a television show that is recorded. But Dan, Roger and myself aren’t shy. We will stick up for what’s best for investors in Roanoke. But we really do need a little support to look like we aren’t the only people who care.

I have been requested by several members in our organization to send out a reminder of the upcoming city council meeting that we need your help at. So here it is.

The meeting will be held at 2pm at the city council chambers. The last one was at 7pm so everyone easily could go. This one is at 2pm.

You know where the Roanoke City court house is? If you were standing in the road looking at the front door it’s the building to the right. That is the municipal building. You walk in the front door of that building and on the right is the Treasurer, in front of you is the Real Estate Tax office, And to the left is the Real Estate Valuation office with a set of elevators right next to it. Take that elevator up to the top 4th floor and you are at the city council chambers. It starts at 2pm, and if for some chance you wanted to say a few words you need to get there at least 15 minutes early to sign up to talk. If you change your mind and don’t want to you can always say I pass.

We hope to see you there!


Ronald Reagan Quote

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan


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